How can you possibly be fat and malnourished at the same time? The two sound completely contradictory, and yet many overweight people are in fact very malnourished.
You know that your body needs nutrients in order to function properly. There are two types; Macro nutrients which provide the body with energy, in the form of calories-protein, carbohydrates and fat.
You also need Micro nutrients-small quantities of them, to maintain good health. These include vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients like carotene-a good example is the phytochemical beta-carotene, the one that makes carrots orange.
So here’s the thing- those of us who are fat are over nourished in terms of calories, i.e. we eat too much of the wrong stuff. We’re undernourished in terms of micronutrients, so our bodies can’t even judge how much food intake we need to genuinely satisfy our nutritional needs. We keep eating, and never get satisfied.
Phytonutrients are found in fruits and vegetables and give these foods their bright red, yellow, purple, green, and orange colours. Others can be found in inside whole grains, beans, and nuts.
Phytonutrients are important in your eating patterns because if you are deficient, you can have major health problems, including major difficulty losing weight or maintaining weight loss.
The kind of foods that are rich in micronutrients and phytonutrients aid weight loss and nourish the body-the two actually go hand in hand. Phytonutrients maintain muscle strength, lean body mass and muscle function. It’s the muscle that burns energy in your body, so if it’s not working; you’re overweight.
Excess pounds have a lot to do with your body being in a constant state of chronic inflammation. It’s chemically complicated, but basically extra body fat causes more inflammation and this makes it really hard to lose weight.
Phytonutrients dampen inflammation and improve your body chemistry. By including plenty of phytonutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory foods in your diet, you fight the low-grade inflammation that results from being overweight.
The reason a good food plan includes large amounts of vegetables, steamed or cooked very lightly is because the closer a food is to it’s natural form, the more micronutrients it contains, these will help you rebuild your body with the proper nutrition it needs to burn fat and build lean muscle tissue.
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